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601 NW Wall St

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Monday9:00 AM6:00 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM6:00 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM6:00 PM
Thursday9:00 AM6:00 PM
Friday9:00 AM6:00 PM
Saturday9:00 AM6:00 PM

601 NW Wall St
Bend, OR 97703

Phone: (541) 617-7050
Fax: (541) 617-7083

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The Downtown Bend Library was designed by Thomas Hacker and Associates of Portland, Oregon. The two-story, 38,855-square-foot library opened in 1998 and features exposed beams and high ceilings, complemented with eastward-facing windows, looking over Bend’s civic square.

The library’s large children’s area, located on the ground floor, includes an interactive Early Learning Space. You’ll also find a large community space, the Brooks Room, on the first floor that hosts story times for children as well as cultural programs for teens and adults. The second floor of the library houses teen and adult print and digital materials, as well as public computers, a meeting room, and reading and study spaces. Rotating art exhibitions reflect the talent of the local community. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

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  • Sep 20 2021

    9:00 AM - Monday - CANCELLED

    Enjoy the focus of a quiet space with the benefit of others' company.

    Masks are required at all indoor in-person events.

    Bring personal work, read a book, or answer emails.
    Come when you can, leave when you want.

    Free, open network WiFi available.

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  • Sep 20 2021

    10:00 AM - Monday - Lobby Tutor Room

    Free 30-minute walk-in social service consultations to connect to housing, medical, mental health resources, veteran, social security help, and more. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.org.

    You can also email info@thrivecentraloregon.org or call 541-728-1022 to setup phone consolations.

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  • Sep 21 2021

    10:00 AM - Tuesday -

    This program will be available Tuesdays via YouTube at https://bit.ly/2Yaurca

    Join community librarians for songs, rhymes, stories and fun!

    Experts agree that talking, singing, reading, writing and playing with your young child will prepare them for learning how to read, and will teach them the six skills needed to read. A child who enters kindergarten with a strong vocabulary, a love of books, and a familiarity with playing with words, has a definite advantage. You can help those skills develop with story time!

    For more information about early literacy and how to talk, read, rhyme, play and write with your child, visit: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/kids/literacy

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  • Sep 21 2021

    12:00 PM - Tuesday -

    Discuss The Book of Eels by Patrik Svensson online via Zoom.

    Join us online by copy and pasting the following link:
    https://zoom.us/j/99138083712

    About the Book: Part H Is for Hawk, part The Soul of an Octopus, The Book of Eels is both a meditation on the world's most elusive fish-the eel-and a reflection on the human condition. Remarkably little is known about the European eel.They remain a mystery. Drawing on a breadth of research about eels in literature, history, and modern marine biology, as well as his own experience fishing for eels with his father, Patrik Svensson crafts a mesmerizing portrait of an unusual, utterly misunderstood, and completely captivating animal. The result is a gripping and slippery narrative that will surprise and enchant.

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  • Sep 21 2021

    6:00 PM - Tuesday -

    This is a live webinar. Register here for a link https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gaGYPNILRHOGvrpMpiYx5A

    Explore the natural history of the desert tortoise of the American Southwest.

    We’d love your feedback and suggestions regarding library programming. Take the survey at http://dpl.pub/programsurvey2122

    Learn about the natural history of the desert tortoise, how it copes with the temperature extremes, frequent droughts, and harsh environments in the Mojave and western Sonoran deserts of the American Southwest. The long-lived tortoise has a complex social life with a dominance hierarchy (males), defense of use areas (males), and individual personalities. The historic and current threats to continued existence of the species are human activities. In the future, climate warming is likely to play an important role.

    Dr. Kristin H. Berry has degrees from Stanford University (B.A.), University of California at Los Angeles (M.A.), and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D.). She grew up in the Mojave Desert where she enjoyed hunting lizards and tortoises near her home. Her early research was on chuckwalla lizards in the northwestern Mojave Desert, the topic of her dissertation UC Berkely. Following graduate school, she has conducted research and published on desert tortoises and other vertebrates in deserts, desert vegetation, and human impacts. She worked for the Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior, for more than 20 years, and since 1997, as a Principal Investigator in the fields of wildlife biology and ecology at the U.S. Geological Survey.

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  • Sep 22 2021

    10:00 AM - Wednesday -

    Make salt crystallized leaves with a few simple supplies.

    Learn about saturation, evaporation, and crystallization in this easy science experiment. When you're done you'll have a leaf, frosted in crystallized salt.

    You will need: a leaf or a construction paper cut out of a leaf, salt, water, a pot to heat up the water, and a bowl or dish to cool down the water. Construction paper leaves and salt will be available for pick up at your local library branch on September 25th.

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  • Sep 22 2021

    10:00 AM - Wednesday -

    Learn why your nonprofit should claim it’s Guidestar profile in this live webinar.

    You have the power to choose what tens of millions of potential donors see about your organization by earning a 2021 GuideStar Seal of Transparency.

    Learn how updating your Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar will grow your organization’s online identity and share your full story with GuideStar’s 10 million annual users as well as millions more through our 200+ partner sites, including AmazonSmile, Facebook, and Network for Good.

    In this training, Lori Guidry, Candid’s Network Regional Manager for the Western Region will walk you through every step in claiming your GuideStar profile and earning a Platinum Seal of Transparency, GuideStar’s highest form of recognition.

    Lori Guidry is Candid’s Network Engagement Manager for the Western Region, working out of the Oakland office. She provides support to Funding Information Network (FIN) partners – libraries, nonprofit resource centers and other institutions – throughout the region. In turn, those partners support nonprofits in their communities to find the information and tools they need to be successful.

    Note that you will need to create a free account with Candid Learning to register for the workshop.

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  • Sep 22 2021

    5:30 PM - Wednesday -

    This event has been cancelled. This presentation will occur virtually on Sept 8 and you can find information here: https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/calendar/event/62318

    Learn what it takes to hike a day, week, or month on the Oregon Desert Trail and get some dessert recommendations on the way.

    Wearing a face covering is required at all in-person, indoor events.

    Come learn more about what it takes to hike a day, week, or month on the Oregon Desert Trail and get some recommendations for an amazing milkshake, delicious pie, or other sweet treat. What does a remote and challenging long-distance desert route have to do with dessert? After experiencing a cotton candy colored morning sunrise surrounded by wildflowers the color of jelly beans and the honeyed serenade of a meadowlark, your sweet tooth will be satiated.

    Renee joined Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) in 2015 to further develop the Oregon Desert Trail. She is responsible for establishing the 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail, shaping its future, and inspiring others to get out and explore the high desert as much as possible. In addition, Renee leads ONDA's independent stewardship program and is working to educate and inspire others to experience our desert landscapes responsibly.


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  • Sep 22 2021

    5:30 PM - Wednesday -

    Get an online 30-minute consultation with a local lawyer through Zoom conference.

    Lawyers are able to help with general civil-law questions including family law, employment, housing, estate planning and more. We are unable to help with criminal law questions.

    Advance registration is required and appointment times run from 5:30-7:30pm.

    For more information and to register, email lawlibrary@deschuteslibrary.org or call 541-614-6060.

    Spanish interpreters are available with advance notice. Request when registering or call: 541-388-3187.

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    Obtenga una consulta en línea de 30 minutos con un abogado local a través de conferencia por Zoom.

    Los abogados pueden ayudar con preguntas generales de derecho civil; incluyendo derecho de familia, empleo, vivienda, planificación patrimonial y más. No podemos ayudar con preguntas de derecho penal.

    Se requiere registro por adelantado y las citas corren de 5:30-7:30pm.

    Para obtener más información y para registrarse, mande un correo electrónico a lawlibrary@deschuteslibrary.org o llame al 541-388-3187.

    Interpretación en español está disponible con aviso previo. Solicite un intérprete al registrarse o llame al 541-388-3187.

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  • Sep 22 2021

    7:00 PM - Wednesday -

    A link to view this program will be available beginning Wednesday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m.

    Discover the process behind Central Oregon’s favorite gelato.

    Juli Labhart demonstrates the process of making dairy-free sorbetto & gelato inspired by the desert. She discusses balancing a recipe, calibrating for the sugar in fruit and how the attributes/qualities of specific ingredients can affect the freezing process.

    Inspired and enlivened by a one year trip around the world, Jeff and Juli Labhart returned with a want to capture the flavors from the street stalls of Thailand, the spice fields of Zanzibar, the mountains of India, and other exotic locales into the creamy fresh goodness of gelato.

    Every small batch of Bontà gelato is hand-crafted using only the best ingredients with many coming from the Oregon countryside. For it was their travels that made them realize that many of the world’s best ice cream ingredients can be found right here at home, also.

    Jeff grew up in the dairy community of Tillamook, Oregon and at a young age understood that the reason the milk and cream tasted so good here in the Northwest was all of the tall, green grass the cows munched on all year long. Juli was raised in the berry community of Lynden, Washington where, in her younger years, she worked the berry fields. She still wonders why she was never fired, because it seemed more berries went into her mouth than the bucket.

    Upon their return from their travels, they trained under two different Italian gelato masters. From their studies they developed their own homemade ice cream recipes and the result is a denser, flavorful ice cream with less fat than traditional American ice cream.

    It was from this inspiration and the want to support local growers, the community, and the environment that Bontà was born.
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  • Sep 23 2021

    10:00 AM - Thursday -

    Interactive storytime with songs, rhymes, and movement.
    This video will premiere live on Facebook at 10:00 a.m.; visit www.facebook.com/deschuteslibrary to tune in."

    Early literacy skills to get your child ready to learn to read are the focus of these storytimes. You and your child will hear great stories while also becoming more familiar with letter sounds, rhyming, vocabulary, and print. Fun for everyone with opportunities to sing, join in on movement rhymes.

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  • Sep 23 2021

    12:00 PM - Thursday -

    Discuss The Book of Eels by Patrik Svensson online via Zoom.

    Join us online by copy and pasting the following link: https://zoom.us/j/91489244881

    About the Book: Part H Is for Hawk, part The Soul of an Octopus, The Book of Eels is both a meditation on the world's most elusive fish-the eel-and a reflection on the human condition. Remarkably little is known about the European eel. They remain a mystery. Drawing on a breadth of research about eels in literature, history, and modern marine biology, as well as his own experience fishing for eels with his father, Patrik Svensson crafts a mesmerizing portrait of an unusual, utterly misunderstood, and completely captivating animal. The result is a gripping and slippery narrative that will surprise and enchant.

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  • Sep 23 2021

    1:30 PM - Thursday -

    Practice computer skills! Problem-solve with staff! Find answers to your e-reader questions! Free and open to the public. Use a library computer or bring your own. No registration required.

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  • Sep 24 2021

    12:00 PM - Friday -

    Read and Discuss "Interior Chinatown" by Charles Yu.

    Click the link above or join at https://zoom.us/j/93316346029 or with Meeting ID 933 1634 6029

    "Willis Wu doesn't perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: He's merely Generic Asian man. Sometimes he gets to be Background Oriental Making a Weird Face or even Disgraced Son, but he is always relegated to a prop. Yet every day he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production. He's a bit player here, too, but he dreams of being Kung Fu Guy--the most respected role that anyone who looks like him can attain. At least that's what he has been told, time and time again. Except by one person, his mother. Who says to him: Be more"

    Book club kit copies are available at the Downtown Bend Customer Service Desk. First-come, first-serve.
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  • Sep 25 2021

    All Day - Saturday -

    Kids' fall crafts at all library locations while supplies last. Designed for ages 6-11 years old.

    Learn about saturation, evaporation, and crystallization. Create a lovely salt crystal leaf that you can hang in a window as we look forward to the frosty days of fall.

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  • Sep 25 2021

    All Day - Saturday - * Registration Required

    Create futuristic symmetrical mandalas. Registration required; kits limited.

    Learn about symmetry and mandalas to create your own design with computer parts. Mandala is a Sanskrit word that translates loosely to circle or center. Originally, mandalas were connected with spiritual development in Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Today, mandalas often appear as circular designs with repeating shapes, colors, and patters that radiate from the center. Some might be incredibly symmetrical and geometric, while others are asymmetrical and organic. Try your hand at creating a mandala with supplied computer parts.

    Registration is required to receive a program kit. The kit will be available to pick up at your preferred library location on the program date.

    This program is a remix of "Beautiful Symmetry" by PLIX https://plix.media.mit.edu/ used under CC BY-SA 4.0.

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